Beijing's response to the 'globalization of Islam'
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Chinese Communist Party's concerns about an expanding Muslim culture has resulted in tough new legislation
Muslims sell Halal food in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region where ethnic Han Chinese people worry that "halalization" has gone too far. (ucanews.com photo)
The concept of halal usually refers to Islamic eating rules but, in Muslim-dominated countries, the scope of halal now covers behavior, conversation, interpersonal relations and even a glare or gesture.
As the world's Muslim population has grown, the concept of halal has seen dynamic changes.
Several years ago, some Muslims, especially in China's northwest, began to do likewise and expanded the concept of halal. Now drugs, clothes, government-funded housing, or even things that have been touched by non-Muslims are regarded as "non-halal." In that extreme, mosques arise as the living center of Muslim society. Social autonomous organizations developed to encourage this interpretation and were formed under instruction of imams, becoming another government in the country.
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